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Breaking News: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a winter weather advisory for an area including North Idaho, in effect from Tuesday evening through late Wednesday night. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 16 inches are possible north of Spokane.
 
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ICONIC construction training program seeks operators: The Idaho Transportation Department’s workforce development program ICONIC, Idaho Career Opportunities - Next In Construction, is seeking the next batch of construction operators to take part in a month-long training in Lewiston this spring. Heavy equipment operators, cement masons, carpenters, truck drivers and mechanics are some of the main skills taught during the course.
Care-N-Share deadline near: Care-N-Share applications are available at Panhandle Health Clinic and EL Internet Northwest. The deadline is December 3. If you are in need of help with gifts for your kids for Christmas please get your application in soon.  
RCMP seeking Kingsgate man: The British Columbia RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit is seeking public assistance in locating Michael Mawley, who is a person of interest in a suspicious death investigation. Human remains were located after a suspicious fire on Saturday, November 19, in the community of Kingsgate at the Mawley family residence.  
Boundary County second highest voter turnout in state: Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, along with the other members of Idaho’s State Board of Canvassers, Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf, and Idaho State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth, conducted and certified the official state canvass for the 2022 General Election.
Terrific Turkey Trot!
 
A record 351 runners turned out under gray skies Thanksgiving morning for Bonners Ferry's 14th annual Turkey Trot, not only out for some pre-stuffing exercise, but also graciously bringing in a truck full of non-perishable food for Community Action Partnership, our local food bank! Thanks and a big tip o' the hat to run founder and organizer Caroline Birrell, a very cool cat who attended in a very tall hat!
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of November 28
Three Mile crew ready for Thanksgiving: While no one has kept count, Chuck Quillen and his crew at Three Mile Cafe are geared up and ready for a busy day tomorrow, which must be close to their 40th annual free Thanksgiving dinner, open to all who stop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. no matter if you're a long time regular or just passing by, rich or poor. It's a Boundary County tradition and Chuck's way of expressing his gratitude to his customers and the community.
Rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille opens early: Grain, lumber, groceries, holiday gifts, and other goods started traveling across the newly constructed BNSF rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille on Sunday. The Sandpoint Junction Connector bridge is opening nearly a year ahead of schedule. The completed bridge is 4,873 feet in length, comprised of 49 spans, 224 precast concrete girders and six-pile bents totaling approximately 55,000 feet of 36-inch pipe pile.
IPNF Christmas tree permits available: The U.S. Forest Service will once again offer a great way to create holiday memories and enjoy the National Forests while finding this year’s holiday tree for your home! Permits are available for purchase at offices across north Idaho or online. Permits cost $5 each and allow the permit holder to cut one Christmas tree. Three tree permits are allowed per household.
Cost of Thanksgiving dinner up significantly: The average cost for a traditional American Thanksgiving feast for 10 people is up 20-percent this year compared with last year. That’s according to American Farm Bureau Federation’s 37th annual cost survey of traditional items found on a Thanksgiving Day dinner table. That represents the highest year-over-year increase in the cost of the meal in the survey’s history.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Boundary County School District 101 Board meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, November 28
U of I reaches out to those grieving: The Vandal Family is mourning the loss of students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves less than a week ago. Our hearts are broken for them and for their families, whose grief is unimaginable. Many Vandals have reached out to express their shock, sorrow and concern for the safety of our students who choose to remain on campus at this time. By Amy Lientz, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
Stagnant air advisory issued: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued an air stagnation advisory for North Idaho and northeastern Washington, in effect until 3 p.m. Monday, November 21. Light winds and little vertical mixing is expected to resu4lt in stagnant air that could cause issues for those with respiratory problems. Cold and very dry air over the region will promote strong overnight inversions with poor mixing each afternoon.
Library board opens search for new director: The Boundary County Library Board has once again launched its search for a director, and is accepting applications for either a permanent director to take over management or an interim director to hold the fort until a qualified applicant can be found. The announcements come after years of stability and accomplishment disrupted last year by a time of turbulence and acrimony.
Merritt named SBFPD's new chief: South Boundary Fire Protection District is proud to introduce Allen Merritt as its new fire chief. Allen has lived in North Idaho for 16 years and in Naples for eight years. Shortly after moving here, he volunteered at SBFPD, and in the last seven years has continued his fire education and training, and recently was selected to hold the Captain position.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of November 21
Boundary County Commission minutes, week of October 31
Teresa Rae on Critchfield's transition committee: Superintendent-elect Debbie Critchfield has announced her transition committee, which includes Boundary County School District 101 Trustee Teresa Rae and Lake Pend Oreille School District Superintendent Becky Meyer, Sandpoint. This committee will assist the superintendent-elect in staffing and organization of the State Department Education.
Bonner County Fairgrounds investigation underway: A criminal investigation regarding the potential misuse of public funds is ongoing at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. This issue was brought to light by a fair employee and members of the fair board. As a result of allegations made to Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall against fair director Darcey Smith, who passed away October 31.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Family loses home, pets, as winter sets in: On November 6, Brian Fife received a phone call from a Boundary County Sheriff's dispatcher that his home was on fire and that the fire department was on scene. He was attending church in Bonners Ferry at the time and rushed home to find firefighters working to put out the flames. The home and its contents were a complete loss, but Brian’s first concern was for the pets that had been left inside.
Four U of I students found dead: At about 11:58 a.m. Sunday, November 13, Moscow Police responded to a call on King Road for an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered four individuals who were deceased, now identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, Conway, Washington, Madison Mogen, 21, Coeur d’Alene, Xana Kernodle, 20, Avondale, Arizona, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Rathdrum.
Panhandle Health offer tips on avoiding RSV: As hospitals and healthcare organizations around other parts of the nation are reporting maxed out hospital capacity and overrun emergency departments due to RSV, the panhandle area of north Idaho can thankfully report that is not the case here. Yet. That makes now a perfect time to take precautions and know how you can prevent becoming ill.
Events & Entertainment
Moyie Springs gearing up for first Village Christmas Craft Fair: The City of Moyie Springs will have its first Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, December 2, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at Moyie Springs City Hall, complete with door prizes, goodie gift bags (while supply last), Polaroid pictures by the Christmas tree and complimentary coffee, hot cider and hot chocolate. On Saturday, there will be Christmas crafts for your children to make while you are checking out the vendors' crafts. 
Shook Twins bringing back a Thanksgiving tradition: The Shook Twins will return home to Sandpoint to continue a Thanksgiving tradition interrupted by the pandemic, playing for their Bonners Ferry fans and friends at the Pearl Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, November 25, and they're bringing along special guest John Craigie as well.
 
Business
Cabinet Mountain Water seeking system operator: Cabinet Mountains Water District is seeking a water system operator. CMWD will consider responsible and dependable candidates that are mechanically inclined, hardworking, safety conscious, detail oriented, possess a positive attitude and are willing to take training and courses necessary for certification and operation.
Idaho Apprenticeship Week just ahead: November 14-20 is National Apprenticeship Week and marks the celebration of a proven and time-honored career pathway. Right now, 236 Idaho businesses sponsor apprenticeships, with more than 1,800 participating Idahoans getting paid on the job. Like many Americans, Idahoans have seen sharp increases in housing costs while the consumer price index has risen 8.2-percent in just one year. Facing these circumstances, Idaho’s workforce needs competitive job opportunities now more than ever, and the state’s employers need the labor.
The Catnip Getaway caters to kitty comfort: After 12 years as a licensed veterinary tech at Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic, Julie Rosengrant, a life-long cat lover, made a dream come true this summer, and she's now splitting her time between the clinic, where she works three mornings a week, and the new business she opened this summer, The Catnip Getaway, a boarding facility dedicated to the comfort and pampering of her feline guests.
Wild Child Board & Groom fulfilling a dream: Ari VanCampen has long had a deep love and compassion for animals, so much so that the mere mention of a critter can bring her to happy tears. And now, after years of dreaming, she's taking the plunge and starting a business of her own that will make the best of her passion, opening Wild Child Board & Groom on Bridle Path Road in Paradise Valley, with pet boarding available November 1 and pet grooming to be offered with the New Year.
Social
Legion Post 55 has new commander: A change of command occurred in Bonners Ferry American Legion, Post #55. Manny Figueroa, Marine, retired U.S. Border Patrol, Badger football coach and Kootenai Tribal Police Officer, was post #55 commander for many years. He has moved to Texas.
Pyette quilt lifts veteran's spirit: Few would question the notion that few things in the world are as comforting as a hand-made quilt, and Margaret Pyette has long been bringing such comfort to a very deserving group of people. Each year, she chooses two Boundary County veterans, then crafts her amazingly beautiful hand-made quilts, lovingly personalized, to be ready to give during the Veterans Day service. This year, her kind gift did more than bring comfort.
Elks bring third graders their own dictionary: Excitement and curiosity were just two of the emotions experienced last week in the third-grade classes at Valley View Elementary as two of the many benevolent members of the Sandpoint Elks delivered student dictionaries to all the third grades students. Students were elated to receive their individual books and learn more about the Elks organization.
Michelle Walker earns national accolade: Michelle Walker is an instructor of many talents and hats when it comes to fitness formats, and her skill and dedication has earned her the title of October Water Exercise Instructor of the Month by www.swimandsweat.com. Her classes range from Aqua Zumba to land Zumba, from Aqua Boot Camp to Balance & Mobility. During the school calendar year, she teaches at the Kootenai River Inn while in the summer you can find her at Northside School B & B along with the Bonners Ferry City Pool.
Sports/Outdoors
Donna Kent has a spectacular Tuesday: Donna Kent was on fire Tuesday, taking high scratch game with 203, high scratch series 491, second high handicap game, 277, and high handicap series, 713, to lead the way in week ten of Tuesday's Trouble ladies league bowling at AJ's Lanes. Way to go! 
Week nine in the books for Tuesday's Trouble: In week nine of Tuesday's Trouble league bowling at AJ's Lanes, Alice Van Gundy got high scratch game 176, second high scratch series 440 and high handicap game 239. Regina Colby got second high scratch game 163, high scratch series 442, third high handicap game 231 and third high handicap series 646.
Jeanne Osborn has good day at the lanes: Jeanne Osborn rolled high scratch game 175, high scratch series 433 and high handicap game, 240, in week eight of Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling at AJ's Lanes. Donna Kent got second his scratch game with 160, third high scratch series, 423, second high handicap game, 237, and second high handicap series, 654. Denise Crichton took third high scratch game with 149.
Local smallbore shooters shine in NRA sectional: In the spring of 2022, members of the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club shot in the NRA Sectional rifle match at their home range. They compete with .22 caliber rifles, single shot, at a distance of 50 feet indoors. A sectional match is one in which a shooter obtains their national ranking. Matches are held across the United States, the scores are sent into the NRA then combined with others to see how everyone did. After months of waiting the results are in.
Two weeks of Tuesday's Trouble: Alice VanGundy took high scratch game in week five of Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling at AJ's Lanes in Bonners Ferry with 163, high scratch series at 456, second high handicap game 228 and second high handicap series with 651. Evelyn Smith took second high scratch game, 160, high handicap game 257 and high handicap series, 664. Regina Colby got third high scratch game, 157, and second high scratch series with 407. 
Letters
Remember your mail carrier this season: There’s a certain romance we embrace about the white blanket that comes down the mountains and tucks our community to bed for the winter. Comments about the slower pace and looking forward to cozy dinners with friends prevail in general conversation. Hunting season, canned preserves, community craft markets, concerts and festive traditions of all sorts make this season so blessed and worthwhile. By Stephanie Ross
The politics of idiotic hypocricy: "Donald Trump can't save America. He can't even save himself. He used us to win the White House," Dr. Mike Evans was quoted saying in a recent New York Times article. "We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us. I cannot do that anymore." By Mike Weland
JBS keeping conspiracy theories alive: So what is agenda 2030 and why did so many who support it write in Tim Bertling's name? Simply put, it is a plan to control everyone and everything on planet Earth in the name of saving the environment. There are 17 goals in all that taken together would replace liberty, self-government, free markets and nationhood with totalitarian technocratic rule at the global level. By Bob Vickaryous
Keep what makes Boundary County dear, vote Bertling: My family moved to Boundary County in 1970 when I was just 11 years old. My dad was hired as a U.S. Customs Inspector at Eastport on the U.S./Canadian border. Although I wasn’t born in Boundary County, with the exception of college, I’ve lived in Boundary County most of my life. My family came from Wyoming by way of Montana and fell into the quiet life of the small town of Eastport. By Janis Tucker
Obituaries
Sock Yoshida, 96, recently of Moyie Springs, died peacefully Thursday evening, November 24, 2022, at the Boundary County Restorium. The family is following Sock’s wishes to be buried with his wife and will be holding his cremated remains to take back to California in the spring for a service there.
Dale Samuel Cruttenden, 73, Bonners Ferry, died on November 20, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. Dale was born on January 24, 1949 in Hastings, Michigan the son of Albert and Avis Benedict Cruttenden.
Denise Yvonne Overton, 52, Spokane, passed away after a medical emergency while serving time on a drug conviction in the Boundary County Jail on October 28, 2022. A memorial service is being planned for the spring of 2023.
Robert Hugh Stoddard, 72, passed away at his Bonners Ferry home November 12, 2022. Robert was born on April 27, 1950, in Pocatello, the son of Jack and Marie Stevens Stoddard. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the LDS Church, 6568 Alderson Lane, Bonners Ferry, and at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, at the LDS Church, 1835 Highland Drive Prosser, Washington.
Robert "Bob" Lamar Bridges, Bonners Ferry, passed away on November 9, 2022, with his loving wife of 42 years, Amy (Liebhauser) Bridges, by his side. His final care was provided by the amazing staff of Auburn Crest Hospice Care and their two compassionate home health care workers. Bob was born July 24, 1936, in Nashville, Georgia, to Grace and Russell Bridges.

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